FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2023
Response: Debt ceiling bill is a disaster filled with poison pills Congress must reject
WASHINGTON, DC — Congress and the Biden Administration recently released the complete text of legislation that would increase the debt ceiling while also advancing a wide array of the Republican Party and fossil fuel industry’s priorities.
In response, Collin Rees, United States Program Manager at Oil Change International, released the following statement:
“President Biden’s capitulation to extremist demands has resulted in a disastrous bill that would devastate the climate and environmental justice communities. This bill fast-tracks the deadly Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline, attacks bedrock environmental laws, and imposes brutal budget cuts to working families.
“In the face of climate crisis, Congress and the president’s decision to expand fossil fuel production is unconscionable. The non-debt ceiling components of this bill are deeply conservative priorities that would roll back harm people already most impacted by austerity and pollution.
“The debt limit has been raised or suspended 78 times since 1960. This is a manufactured crisis designed specifically to hurt working people, and our leaders don’t have to participate in this deadly charade. Congress should reject these poison pills that have no relation to the debt ceiling and pass a clean increase.”